The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 8, 2011

Palestine man critical after injured in wreck

PALESTINE — An 80-year-old Palestine man was critically injured late Tuesday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle wreck inside the city limits.

Kenneth Brown, 80, of Palestine was listed in “critical” condition in the intensive care unit of East Texas Medical Center in Tyler Wednesday afternoon, according to hospital spokesperson Rebecca Berkley.

Brown sustained multiple injuries in the crash which occurred at approximately 11:10 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of West Oak Street and Loop 256, according to Palestine Interim Police Chief Jeff Powell.

Authorities say Brown was traveling southbound on Loop 256 in a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup when he struck a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup operated by 18-year-old Elise Davis of Elkhart which was stopped at a red light at the intersection of the loop and West Oak Street.

Both vehicles were in the outside lane, according to police.

“Unit One (Brown’s vehicle) approached from the rear and struck the vehicle from behind,” Powell said. “Unit Two (operated by Davis) was then propelled through the intersection by the force of the contact.”

Davis did not require medical treatment, according to police.

“It would be reasonable to assume he may have been suffering from a medical condition prior to the accident,” Powell stated.

A family friend also told the Herald-Press that Brown suffered two collapsed lungs, broken ribs, and had a severely bruised heart as a result of the crash.

Following the wreck, Brown initially was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Palestine Regional Medical Center before being life-flighted to ETMC in Tyler.

Two dogs riding in Brown’s vehicle only suffered minor cuts, according to the family friend.

There were no other occupants in either vehicle, according to police.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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